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Ascetical Theology, Finding a Spiritual Director, Distractions in Prayer

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer your questions about ascetical theology, spiritual direction, and dealing with distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is ascetical theology? What is the difference between ascetical theology and mystical theology? What are the three phases of the spiritual life according to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross? Is... Read More

Ascetical Theology – Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

October 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Dictionary

ASCETICAL THEOLOGY: The science of the saints based on a study of their lives.  It is aimed to make people holy by explaining what sanctity is and how to attain it.  The word ascetic is a derivative from the Greek askesis, meaning practice. In English, the term ascesis means “the practice of self-discipline.” It is the science of leading souls in the ways of Christian perfection through... Read More